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Player Quotes: Iowa

Sept. 27, 2017

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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State football players sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke, sophomore wide receiver Trishton Jackson, junior linebacker Byron Bullough and sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie spoke to the media Tuesday evening after practice, to review the Spartans' loss to Notre Dame and preview this week's Big Ten opener against Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in Spartan Stadium.

Michigan State opens the 2017 Big Ten schedule against Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FOX. The Spartans (2-1) fell to Notre Dame at home last Saturday night, 38-18, while the Hawkeyes (3-1, 0-1) lost their Big Ten opener against No. 4 Penn State, 21-19, on the last play of the game.

This marks the first meeting between the two teams since the 2015 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, when No. 5 Michigan State edged the previously undefeated and fourth-ranked Hawkeyes, 16-13, to win the Big Ten title and earn a berth in the College Football Playoff. LJ Scott capped a remarkable 22-play, 82-yard drive that took 9:04 on the clock with a 1-yard touchdown run with just 27 seconds remaining in the game.

 

 

Below are quotes from the players that spoke to the media on Tuesday:

Sophomore quarterback Brian Lewerke:

On Kirk Cousins and Conner Cook influence...

You see some of the things they did and obviously they were successful, so I try to model myself after them. One of the reasons I wanted to play college football was to get to the next level, and Michigan State has a proven track record of quarterbacks going there (to the next level), so that was definitely a big part of it.

On how Saturday went and how it felt to start practicing again...

It was really good. On Sunday afternoon I was itching to get back on the field. I just wanted to show that last week was a fluke for us, it wasn't who we are. I think practice this week will be very intense and very good for our mentality.

On the start of Big Ten play...

I'm very excited. The Big Ten is a very physical and tough conference. It will take a team effort and a team mentality to be able to get through this Big Ten season.

On Iowa's defense...

I think they're a very physical team. They're very much like our defense. They're very physical and like to stop the run. It will take out-blocking them and out-running them to be able to win.

On team morale...

I think we're feeling really good. We're trying to get back on the field, trying to fix all the mistakes we made in the game in practice this week. I think we're very excited.

Sophomore wide receiver Trishton Jackson:

On how he rated himself against Notre Dame...

I played pretty well, but we lost so it doesn't really mean too much to me. Just trying to get the win next week.

On the atmosphere at Spartan Stadium...

It was special, just seeing all the fans out there and realizing how big this rivalry is to this program. It was pretty special coming out of the tunnel and seeing everyone there.

On watching Iowa on film...

They are a tough team and we know that. Iowa is always going to be a physical tough team, and we have to bring our A-game, but it's going to be a good game.

Junior linebacker Byron Bullough:

On correcting mistakes...

We're very eager. We're starting the Big Ten this weekend against Iowa. They are a very physical team; we're ready to put the past behind us and are just getting ready for a win and going 1-0 in the Big Ten, looking forward to it.

On playing against one of the best running backs in the Big Ten in Akrum Wadley...

He's an elusive runner. Once he gets out into some space, he's hard to catch. Up front too, they have four or five returning starters. Great offensive line, so we'll be ready to go.

On feeding off the crowd's energy...

Yeah, Spartan Nation has been great so far. Three home games, it's been electric. We love playing at home. This is our home. We're just ready to get after it again this Saturday.

On what sticks out on film for Iowa...

They're physical up front. They have four or five returning starters. They obviously won the national best offensive lineman in the country last year, but they run the ball. They like to do outside zone/inside zone. You know what's coming, you just have to face it. Their quarterback is a pure passer, and Wadley is a good runner so it's a tough challenge.

On how well Iowa's offensive linemen get to the second level...

They've got some athletic guys up front that can move, so you've got to read your keys, play fast, and we're looking forward to it.

On the excitement of playing better competition and playing power guys...

Yeah, it's a fun game. Obviously game one of the Big Ten against a power team like Iowa. What more could you ask for? Especially here at home.

On the turnover differential negative six and on creating turnovers...

Like I said, I think it's just the mindset. As you're trying to get the guy down, I think you've got to get the ball out as well. If you just start doing the right things and being in the right place, turnovers will come and I'm confident they'll start to come.

On new tackling technique and if it will help with creating turnovers...

I think it's the same type of mindset. I mean, hands on the ball, helmet on the ball, whatever you can do to get it out, that's what you try to do, so I think it's still the same.

On Josey Jewell...

He's special, he's been special for a few years now. He can get to the ball. Whenever you watch Iowa's defense, he's always around the football. He's a fun player to watch.

Sophomore linebacker Joe Bachie:

On what he saw on defensive side of the ball against Notre Dame...

We thought we hurt ourselves a lot defensively. We were better in the first two games in second-chance situations. That was not one of our strong suits. We couldn't get them off the field and that was on us. Third down, we were not great. We were better at that the first two weeks, but we've got to pick that up going into the Big Ten.

On Iowa's similarities with Notre Dame and MSU...

Their program and our program I think kind of go hand-in-hand. They're going to be physical. Notre Dame is physical. They got us ready for the Big Ten. Iowa's going to try and come in here and they're going to be physical like they've always been. They're well coached. We just have to get a good little game plan together for them.

On Iowa quarterback Nathan Stanley...

I think he's got a strong arm. I'm going to say he's probably one of the best quarterbacks we've played this past year.

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